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Geology is the study of the world around us and the way it was formed. The study expands beyond the earth and includes the building blocks of the whole universe. Without the study of geology, it would have been very difficult to build the modern world around us. For one thing, it would have been impossible to locate building materials for our roads, houses, and office buildings. Without ready access to metals like gold, we would never have been able to make the wide range of electrical devices like cell phones and digital cameras that we all depend on.

The study of geology is about more than just identifying rocks or finding mineral deposits. It is the study of how all Earth's systems work together so that we can work with nature instead of against it, and we can have a better grasp of the future implications of our actions on the world around us.

An understanding of geology and the Earth's systems has become critical in a wide range of fields. It's not just miners, oil riggers and college professors who study the story of the rocks: it is also civil engineers, architects, urban planners, government officials, and investors.

In this course, you will learn about: Geology History; Fossils and Earth History--Geologic Time; Fossils and Earth History--The  Eons and Eras; Rock types; Geomagnetism; Plate Tectonics; Recycling and Renewal; Erosion; The Rock Cycle; Rocks and Minerals; Gemstones and Mining.

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Lesson 1 : Introduction

Geology is all about the earth. It is the study of the world around us and the way it was formed. In the broader scope of things, the study expands beyond the earth and includes the building blocks of the whole universe. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Take Poll: Where in the World?
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 : Introduction

Lesson 2 : Geology History

In the beginning, people were just trying to find the best kinds of rocks to make arrowheads, or to use in a slingshot. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Alfred Wegener; Long, Long Ago
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 : Geology History

Lesson 3 : Fossils and Earth History--Geologic Time

When people talk about how long ago something happened, they often say "not too long ago," or "a long time ago." But the definitions of these expressions tend to vary with the age of the speaker. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Boneyards; Fossils and History; Rock Dating
  • Take Poll: Generating Interest
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4 : Fossils and Earth History--The Eons and Eras

Lasting only 65 million years, the Cenozoic is the modern day world we know, the age of mammals, birds, flowering plants, and insects. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: DeepTime; Eon or Era?; Microfossils
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5 : Rock Types

Igneous rocks are formed when hot magma cools. There are two different kinds of igneous rocks: Plutonic (intrusive) and volcanic (extrusive). 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Kimberlites; Rocks, Rocks, Everywhere
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 : Rock types

Lesson 6 : Geomagnetism

The earth has its own magnetic field, so compasses point north. Compasses have been used for centuries as a reliable navigation tool for travelers on land and sea, also good when the sun or stars were behind clouds. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: All Points North; Magnetic Field; Sheer Magnetism
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 : Geomagnetism

Lesson 7 : Plate Tectonics

Ever since its earliest days, the Earth has been constantly changing and recreating itself. Even today, it continues to move and evolve. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Movin' and Shakin'; Plate Boundaries; Plates Make their Move
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 : Plate Tectonics

Lesson 8 : Recycling and Renewal

Okay, so we know that plates are making mountains, but what's happening to all the plates that keep sinking under other plates? Where does all this material go? 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Earthquake Aware; Seismology Know-How; Survival
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 : Recycling and Renewal

Lesson 9 : Erosion

In the previous chapter, we talked about how the backbones of the mountains are raised from the ground, but we have not yet discussed the thin blanket of soil that lies between the bedrock and the atmosphere. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Erosion and Your World; Soil Erosion
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 : Erosion

Lesson 10 : Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle

Geologists often talk about the rock cycle. This is one illustration of the many ways the earth reuses everything. Take, for example, the Appalachian Mountains. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Rock Cycle; Shine, Glisten and Glow
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 : Rock, Mineral, and Rock Cycle

Lesson 11 : Rocks and Minerals

If you have ever gone for a walk and seen a pretty rock, you might have picked it up and admired it, but did you ever wonder where it came from, how it arrived where it is, how old it might be. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Rock Identification; Scales
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 : Rocks and Minerals

Lesson 12 : Gemstones and Mining

Unlike the very specific definition of a mineral, the term "gemstone" is much looser. It is an attractive stone or mineral that is polished and used to make jewelry. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: African Mining; Kimberley Process; How Diamonds are Formed
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 : Gemstones and Mining

Lesson 13 : Conclusion

The science of Geology started with the need to find minerals that would allow people to improve their basic quality of life. 565 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Fun with Geology; Salaries, Jobs and Careers
  • Take Poll: And the Winner Is...
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Geology 101
Course Number: 7550430
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of geology.
  • Describe fossils and earth history--geologic time.
  • Describe fossils and earth history--the eons and eras.
  • Define rock types.
  • Describe geomagnetism.
  • Know plate tectonics.
  • Describe recycling and renewal processes.
  • Describe erosion.
  • Know rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle.
  • Describe gemstones and mining, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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